Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017 … Our Servant King

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 175 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images from a depiction of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples at … The Last Supper … poignantly displaying Jesus showing the essence of servant Kingship, where He, their Lord, was willing to serve His servants.

Highlight Verse[s]: John 13:4-5 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … 
4 So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him. 
… Jesus, THE LORD, served His Disciples by washing their feet.
Highlight Passage [context]: John 13:3-27 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… King Jesus washed the feet of His inner 12 Disciples to show the servanthood of leadership. 

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Mark 10:42-45 [NLT] … 
42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
… Jesus explains that He, King Jesus, came into the world to serve … not to be served.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Dave Branon, told a story of church leaders mimicking Jesus washing the feet of His 12 Disciples at the Last Supper. The ODB author wrote: It was time for our church to commission a new group of leaders. To symbolize their roles as servant-leaders, the church elders participated in a memorable foot-washing ceremony. Each of the leaders—including the pastor—washed each other’s feet as the congregation observed them. 
What they did that day was modeled for us by Jesus Christ, as recorded in John 13. In that incident, which happened at what is called the Last Supper, … 

But do we, as Jesus’ disciples today really get it? His inner twelve didn’t. You can see how perplexed they were in the YouTube depiction of that Last Supper foot-washing scenario. If this man is the God-man, … if He is our Messiah, … if he is KING JESUS, … why would He want to wash our feet?!

But that’s what servant leadership is all about, isn’t it; … the willingness to serve others rather than relent to our human nature and try to control them, … especially when we’re suppose to lead them? 

I’m going to pray today that I become more of a servant leader in any role of leadership I have in our world, … as a husband, … as a father, … perhaps as a church/ministry leader.

If we’re leaders, … as Jesus was, … let us first be servants of those we're called to lead.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … Lord, … In my roles as husband, church elder, and ministry leader, let me serve others as You have served me. … Amen

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